The KC Chiefs were one injury away last season from free falling out of contention. Most everyone would agree that it was Jamaal Charles who was the most crucial part to the 2013 offense but, as we saw in the playoff game in Indianapolis, is that truly the case?
Jamaal Charles went down early in the first quarter of the game and it was almost as if the offense didn’t skip a beat. Alex Smith was poised, throwing for 378 yards and 4 touchdowns while Knile Davis did one hell of a job on the ground. Davis carried the ball 18 times for 67 yards and a touchdown, while also hauling in 7 passes for 33 yards and a receiving touchdown. (stats via ProFootballReference)
While I’m not dismissing anything from what Jamaal Charles means to the Chiefs offense, (he lead the team in rushing and receiving) I’m simply asking if it would be a bigger loss to lose to Jamaal or Alex Smith?
We did get a sample size of what backup quarterback, Chase Daniel, could bring to the table in the in the absence of Smith, as he worked over the starting defense of San Diego in week 17 of last season.
I guess the real question is there is, how confident would you be in Daniel to get the Chiefs to the playoff’s in the absence of Smith for the whole season?
To me, it seems like the Chiefs could still win games with Knile Davis carrying the load while Smith is still under center as opposed to Daniel, or any back up qb, with Jamaal in the backfield.
Alex Smith is coming off a career year in which he threw for 3,313 yards, 23 TD’s and only 7 interceptions and he did so with a minimal Dwayne Bowe, a drop happy Donnie Avery and an un-healthy tight end group. Not to mention his ability to make plays with his feet that came in handy in several games.
Then again, where would the Chiefs have been without Jamaal Charles almost 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 19 td’s?
Who knows, but it raises that question again, if Jamaal went down, would the Chiefs be okay as long as Alex Smith was healthy and Knile Davis as well? Or would the Chiefs be okay without Smith and a healthy Charles?
It’s an interesting question and hopefully, we won’t ever have to find out! Having both of them healthy is the idea and hopefully it stays that way (Injury free is the way to be).
So what say the readers? Who is more important to the success of the offense, Jamaal Charles or Alex Smith?